Abdul Rahman Safe in Italy

Abdul Rahman, who disappeared immediately after his release from an Afghan prison yesterday, is safe and welcome in Italy.

Italy granted asylum Wednesday to an Afghan who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity, and Premier Silvio Berlusconi said the man was in the care of the Interior Ministry after arriving in Italy earlier in the day. Abdul Rahman “is already in Italy. I think he arrived overnight,” Berlusconi said, declining to release more details.

Excellent news.

via Rusty Shackleford, who is more dangerous than teen porn.

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  1. This is good news with the only potential down side being the danger of a dagger in the middle of the street.

    If I remember coreectly during the discussion there was a concern voiced by some of the imams that if he was allowed to go to the west, there would be a whole bunch of Afghan’s who would suddenly discover they are Christians in an effort to move to the west. We shall see. The first one gets in free. A flood is likely to find the door not as open.

  2. RA says:

    A hardy well done and thank you to all those who presured the Afghan government to this end.

  3. It’s certainly good new for Abdul Rahman, but over all this is depressing. The basic end result of this is that if you’re a Christian in Afghanistan you life depends on your ability to create an international scandal.

    I’ve no doubt that dozens of future Abdul Rahmans will be executed in quiet anonymity.

  4. floyd says:

    i’m not sure he’d be safe in the U.S.